FIX: Printer settings could not be saved. Another printer or printer share with this name already exists. (Solved).

FIX: Printer settings could not be saved. Another printer or printer share with this name already exists. (Solved).

The error “ settings could not be saved because another printer or printer share with this name already exists”, occurs because you try to change the printer name by giving it the same name as another installed printer.

The issue commonly appears, when you replace your old  with another one which is the same model (as your old printer), and you want to rename the new printer or the printer share with the name of your old printer. To easy bypass the problem, give to your new printer a different name or continue below to fix the problem.

Printer settings could not be saved - Printer share name already exists

This article contains instructions to resolve the error “ settings could not be saved because another printer or printer share with this name already exists” in Windows 10, 8, 7 OS.

FIX: Another or printer share with this name already exists. Printer settings could not be saved.

Step 1. FIX  settings could not be saved error by removing Unused Printers.

The first step to resolve the “ settings error” is to uninstall any printers that doesn’t exist:

1. Navigate to Windows Control Panel > Device and Printers.

* Note: if you can see the “Device and Printers” item, change the View by to Small icons.

Control Panel - Device and Printers

2. Right-click on any that no longer exists, and select Remove Device.*

* Note: If you have installed any additional software for the unused printer, proceed and uninstall it from ‘Programs and features’ in Control Panel.

FIX Printer settings could not be saved

3. Restart your computer and then try to rename the again. If you receive the same error, proceed to step-2 below.

Step 2. Remove Unused from Registry.

1. Press Windows image + R keys to open the run command box.
2. Type regedit  and press Enter.

Open Registry Editor

3. In Registry Editor navigate to the following key:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Print/Printers

4. Under the Printers key, right-click the registry key with the same name as the you want to use and select Delete.

delete printers registry

5. When done, close the Registry Editor.

6. Open the Windows Services control panel: To do that:

    1. Press Windows image_thumb8_thumb + R keys to open the run command box.
    2. In the Search box, type: services.msc  & click OK.

services

7. In Services panel, right-click on Print Spooler service and click Restart.

Restart Print Spooler

8. Try to rename your printer again. This time, you should have not any problem when renaming your printer, or the printer’s share name.

That’s all folks! Did it work for you?
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